Blog post: What counts as a math question
It took a lot of digging before I found a blog post that really inspired me to think deeper into the content. A lot of Christopher’s blog posts relate to younger mathematics which, being a secondary school teacher, is less appealing to me. When I came across his blog post on what counts as a math question, I felt that the issue of that relates to any year of math and is a good thing to keep in mind when going into any classroom, or talking about math with anybody of any age. I think that this also goes to show just how deep people’s misconceptions about math really are. It’s our job as math teachers (and parents eventually) to help connect the dots between “math class” and real life. There should only be one type of math problem. One of my other professors has defined this in an excellent way; He describes them as a mathematical task which consists of a situation and a question. If math in schools was presented mainly in this way, then perhaps we could help overcome the difference that people seem to see between equations and scenarios in which we can apply those equations.